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Assessment of ABET Program Outcome J, "A Knowledge of Contemporary Issues"

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Student Learning and Assessment I

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Mechanical Engineering

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22.252.1 - 22.252.9



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Anca L. Sala Baker College

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Anca L. Sala, Associate Professor, is Chair of the Engineering Department at Baker College. Dr. Sala coordinates several engineering and technology programs, teaches and develops engineering curriculum, and leads the ABET accreditation activities in the department. She is an active member of ASEE, ASME, and OSA.

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Tom Spendlove Baker College, Flint


James Riddell Baker College, Flint

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James A. Riddell is Dean of Engineering and Technology at Baker College of Flint. He is currently a member of ASEE, ASME, SME (past chair) and SAE (past chair.)

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Assessment of ABET Program Outcome J, “A Knowledge of Contemporary Issues”Engineering education is expected to equip future engineers not only with professionalknowledge, abilities and skills but also the ability to see “the big picture” and the capability toaddress society’s issues. The latter outcomes are based upon Program Outcome (j), “AKnowledge of Contemporary Issues”, from ABET’s EAC (a)-(k) Criteria for AccreditingEngineering Programs. At our institution we have traditionally assessed this Program Outcome(PO) through the Senior Design Project as well as technical elective courses, such as the“Alternative Energy, An Introduction for Engineers” course. We have recently added anotherassessment tool for this purpose which relates more directly to the PO. We developed anassignment to prepare students, as well as a survey and rubric to assess the achievement of PO(j). We administered these tools to two groups of mechanical engineering students, a sophomoregroup and a senior group. Results of the pre- and post-assignment surveys and an analysis of thetools effectiveness will be presented. The assignment also benefited and assessed students’communication and life-long learning skills. Future work will also link the results of the surveysto data on achievement of one of our Program Educational Objective, which requires graduatesto “maintain awareness of societal and contemporary issues and fulfill community and society’sneeds”.

Sala, A. L., & Spendlove, T., & Riddell, J. (2011, June), Assessment of ABET Program Outcome J, "A Knowledge of Contemporary Issues" Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17533

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